Paul McGowan warns Aberdeen: Dundee are no soft touch

Paul McGowan says his team are showing a real togetherness after a poor spell.

Paul McGowan says Dundee’s two impressive victories on the bounce proves they’re no “soft touch”.

The Dark Blues are buzzing after Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Ross County backed up their 2-1 beating of Rangers in the best possible fashion.

And McGowan is adamant if they can keep up that kind of form they can beat anybody — starting with Aberdeen on Friday night.

He said: “To go up to Ross County and come away with a 2-0 victory speaks highly of the performance — not many teams win up there.

“It’s a tricky venue — it took Celtic a last-gasp goal to win their game.

“We dominated the game throughout, our passing and defending was great and I think it was a great performance all-round.

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McGowan reckons the Dark Blues can beat anyone when they’re on form.

“That’s two good wins after a sticky start and a few people writing us off but we always believed in the ability in the team and that’s starting to show.

“We restricted them and we had a lot of chances — that shows how good our performance was.

“We probably weren’t at our best against Rangers but we ground the game out and we’re starting to mix it up.

“It’s not just about being a passing team and people might think we’re a soft touch — we aren’t.

“We’ve shown in the last two results we can dig in and make it hard for teams to score.

“That’s the most pleasing thing. People might wonder if we’ve got that in us but we have, we always had it.

“We just haven’t shown it as much as we can but you could see the togetherness was there on Saturday, putting bodies on the line, last-ditch tackles and helping team-mates out.

“It’s great and I’m so happy for the team.

“We’ve lost a lot of goals prior to these games and we were being analysed quite a bit but I felt the full team on Saturday were exceptional, we’re looking a real team and we just need to carry that on.”

The team on the pitch right now is a far cry from the side that lost to Hibs for the fifth defeat on the bounce.

McGowan insists they never lost their belief but is delighted all their hard work on the training ground is paying off.

“It’s incredible,” he added.

“You can tell the confidence in the team, going up to Ross County throughout my career has always been a hard game and Saturday was hard but I felt throughout we were dangerous on the counter-attack.

“They were passing side to side and we let them do it before pouncing, taking the ball and hurting them down the sides.

“The gameplan was spot on and it’s a happy place considering we’ve played unbelievably in games and got nothing. It’s starting to turn for us — you need that bit of luck as well.

“It’s great because we deserve it, the coaching staff, the fans, everyone behind the scenes — we’ve been working hard behind closed doors to rectify what’s been going wrong and you can see it working now.”

The job is now to keep it working, going into Friday night’s clash with the Dons.

McGowan added: “Aberdeen are a great side, no doubt.

“They’re always up there or round about the top of the table so we know how tough it is going to be but we’ll go into the game with confidence.

“If we play like we did at Ross County and the way we played against Rangers, we can beat anyone.”

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